About Rothamsted Research

Rothamsted Research has been the source of cutting edge science which has had huge impact throughout the world. Our mission to perform world-class research to deliver knowledge, innovation and new practices to increase crop productivity and quality, and to develop environmentally sustainable solutions for agriculture, is more relevant than ever. It is predicted that enormous pressure will be put on the world to supply enough food, energy and clean water, as we mitigate and adapt to climate change. Agriculture holds the key to finding solutions to this grand challenge, it is globally the main producer of food and both a producer and consumer of energy.

Rothamsted Research enjoys an international reputation for the quality of our research across the agricultural, environmental and plant sciences. Our state-of-the-art laboratory, controlled environment and glass house facilities, the farms and the multidisciplinary professional support services enable our scientists to carry out cutting edge, high impact research. Our students gain from working in a genuinely dynamic and stimulating environment which is further enriched by our collaborations with many universities and institutes in the UK and abroad. We have won various awards, including the prestigious Athena Swan award, promoting women's careers in science and are an organisational member of Vitae, the global leader in the professional development of researchers.

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Key facts

  • Over 600 employees, students and visiting workers
  • Located in Harpenden, Herts and North Devon
  • An international reputation for the quality of our research
  • Athena Swan Bronze Award